The Adams County Juvenile Court Services will ensure the safety of the coummunity and the well-being and saftey of the youths under Juvenile department care, we will hold juvenile offenders accountable to victims and communities, and assist youths in developing competency and character to aid them in becoming successful members of society. All youths will become self-sufficient productive adults.
Minor or first time offenders, excluding most felonies. A meeting is scheduled with parent(s) or Guardian(s) and juvenile offender with in two weeks of receiving report from law enforcement. The meeting is conducted by our juvenile diversion officer. A Diversion contract is signed during initial meeting in most cases. There is a wide range of sentencing (excluding detention) 0-12 months probation, 0-150 hours community service work (work crews), and restitution. Juveniles are held accountable during community supervision through weekly contact with staff. School, family, work site contact, curfew, drug testing, counseling, and classes are all requirements while on diversion. Violations or noncompliance result in filing the case through the prosecutor's office for formal court proceedings before a juvenile court judge. For questions please contact Diversion Coordinator/Probation Officer Benny Medina email@example.com
If a juvenile is ineligible for diversion due to the offense or criminal history, and is found guilty or pleads guilty to the offense, he/she is sentenced to community supervision by Judge Richard W. Miller. A minimum of 14 requirements is followed during months of probation. State standard sentencing ranges of 0-12 months, 0-150 hours of community service, 0-30 days of detention, and restitution are determined per offense. Probation begins the same day as court sentencing with a meeting with the probation officer. Work, curfew, school, drug-testing, counseling, classes, etc. are in place and the youth is held accountable with weekly visits. Family is informed about probation activity and direction. Prescreens and period Risk Assessments are performed periodically to determine the overall state of the juvenile. Youth are encouraged to leave the past and begin a new life of direction and purpose. For questions please contact Probation Officer Larry Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org; or Pedro Magana email@example.com
Aggression Replacement Training is a program for high and moderate risk offenders. It offers three separate trainings which include social skills, anger control, and moral reasoning. These trainings help youth build alternate behaviors in a positive way.
If a juvenile offender has an offense and/or criminal history that necessitates a greater sentence then community supervision, a sentence committing the youth to an extended period at the state Juvenile Rehabilitation Association (JRA) is imposed. The juvenile is transported out of the area to serve their sentence of a minimum of 31 days and can be held until 21 years of age. JRA is a Washington State Institution.
Detention is a crucial early phase in the juvenile court process. Placement into a locked detention center pending court significantly increases the odds that youth will be found delinquent and committed to correction facilities and can seriously damage their prospects for future success. Yet many detained youth pose little to no threat to public safety, therefore, the programs listed below are our alternatives to detention.
- Community Service Juveniles learn practical skills and personal responsibility while giving back to the community. Our department helps to keep our county clean and helps youth gain a sense of pride for where they live. The Community Service Department has work crews that take care of litter and graffiti clean up for the entire county.
- Girls Circle Structured support group for girls from ages 14-18 aiming to counteract social and interpersonal forces that impede growth and development by promoting an emotionally safe setting where they can develop caring relationships with others and be their own voice.
- Boys Council Support group for about 6-10 boys of similar age that engage in activities that address relevant topics and reflection on life events. This program provides resiliency and youth development practices and concepts.
- Strengthening Families Program designed for the well-being of entire families. It is structured to facilitate both parents and youth to strengthen healthy relationships. The program enables the foundation of finding a balance between love and limits. For any questions regarding the programs listed above please contact Angie Valdovinos firstname.lastname@example.org or Lazaro Martinez email@example.com.
Truancy/ ARY/ CHINS
Under state law a juvenile cannot miss 4 days of school in a month or 10 days of school in a school year unexcused. When a juvenile fails to attend school without an excuse, they are considered truant. A truancy petition is then generated by the School District and forwarded to juvenile court. If a juvenile is found truant after the truancy petition has been completed they must appear before a juvenile court judge for disciplinary sentencing.
The ARY program is a legal process by which parents who are experiencing problems with at-risk-youth can request a petition from D.S.H.S. and receive assistance from the Juvenile Court. The petition essentially asks the judge to help in requiring the child to reside in the home and/or participate in needed treatment. For questions please contact Probation Officer Angela Valdovinos firstname.lastname@example.org,
The CHINS program is a legal process by which the court may place a child out of the home temporarily while services are utilized to address concerns all the while moving towards reunification with the family. Petitions are filled through the D.S.H.S. department. For questions please contact School-Based Probation Officer Angela Valdovinos email@example.com,
Adams County juveniles are sent to Martin Hall Regional Juvenile Detention Facility. The mission of the facility is to provide a safe and secure environment for juvenile offenders while promoting accountability, competency development and community safety. This is accomplished through role modeling, promoting education, ensuring due process and providing quality programs. For more information please visit http://www.cccscorp.com/martin_hall2.htm